Join Us
Are you interested in helping your community - or perhaps a start in the medical field? The Chester First Aid Squad needs you! We have several past members who are now paramedics, nurses, physician assistants and doctors. You can join our team in a number of important ways:

NON-OPERATIONAL MEMBERS: Associates are members who do not participate in the response of emergency calls, but rather provide behind the scenes support, either helping to maintain the building and grounds, or providing administrative support to the organization.

OPERATIONAL MEMBERS: These members work together as a team for a scheduled weekly duty night (Saturday-Thursday), a rolling Friday night every six weeks, and two, four-hour shifts a month. We have three types of members:

  • Drivers: trained in ambulance operations and maneuvers as well as CPR. Although their primary role is to drive, they also assist the EMT’s with lifting and moving patients as needed.
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): These members complete an intensive New Jersey EMT-Basic course and their primary role is to respond to emergency calls and render care. NJ OEMS certification requires approximately 220 hours of course time.
  • Flex Time Member: A member of another public safety organization who is also a member in an assisting capacity. Since CFAS is not their primary agency, they are not required to run duty calls, and are bound by different rules regarding participation and training.

TRAINING: Approved training for operational members is provided at no cost, through the NJ State EMT Training Fund and the squad's own training funds. We simply ask for a minimum two-year commitment.

BENEFITS: Clearly, the single most important benefit to membership is the feeling of satisfaction you get, knowing you have helped someone in their time of need. Other benefits include tuition reimbursement at a county college, county vocational school or county technical institute, full workers compensation and liability insurance, and LOSAP (length of service awards program), which provides a certain amount of money per year deposited in a tax deferred income account for each member who earns the required number of points. You can find more about tuition reimbursement here.

Membership Application, Click Here

Upon completion of the application above, please mail it to P.O. Box 337 Chester, NJ 07930, or email the PDF here!

Come and meet the squad! We host an open house for prospective members the last Monday of every monthfrom 7pm-7:30pm. Can't make the open house? Contact us directly for more information.

"Oh you're an EMT, that's cool. I wanted to do that when I was a kid. What do you make?" "What do I make? I make holding your hand seem like the biggest thing in the world when you’re being cut out of a twisted car in the middle of the night. I make those annoying sirens sound like angels coming when you’re watching your loved one suffer. I make your child breathe when they stop. I make surviving a heart attack more likely. I make my way to your house in the worst weather imaginable when you call for help. I make myself get out of bed at 3am and risk my life to save people I have never met. Today I might make the ultimate sacrifice to save your life. I make a difference. What do you make?"